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#24
MadamBreakneck - yeah, I think it will be practice, practice, practice - I *think* I'm slightly too slow in the roundout (because on my earlier attempts I was too fast..) then the transition into the hold off has to be 'exponential' rather than linear and again I'm not quite fast enough there. Too fast sometimes though and the nose starts to rise.. at the risk of over thinking, I think I *slighltly* pull back (a little!) but should probably just pause and let the decaying airspeed allow the nose to lower a little...

Then there's the 'check back' on landing, to stop a hop, and once or twice I've not got that timed right either.
It's frustrating, and my instructor isn't sure if it's just a case of be patient, keep at it, and it'll click, or is there something else he can do - He's been doing a demo of some form on each lesson, and we're on the 5th go now.

It's all about trying not to land, I understand that, but somehow I don't get the timing right of the roundout and hold-off.... so near and yet so far! :mad: Still, I'm an optimist, and this is no hardship in so far as I'm enjoying it despite the landing frustrations, and still love the thrill of leaping up into the air on take off every time :):):)
When I was learning to fly flexwing at Deenethorpe, I had the benefit of a very long runway. To get familiar with the landing perspective and better control at touchdown, my instructor made me fly down the runway a couple of feet above it and touch the rear wheels every few tens of metres. It was good fun and I found it really helped me judge height and round-out by just kissing the runway each time. It also helped me refine my throttle control.

Maybe you've got somewhere else local you could fly to during a lesson to try it?
 

Mike Calvert

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#25
The irony is there's a HUGE runway right beside us, but we absolutely cannot use it! :( The little section that we have is, er, short. Adequate, but short. The circuit is also short - downside, there's not much time to get all the checks and radio calls in, upside, you can do a LOT of circuits in one lesson :ROFLMAO:
 

renmure

Cross Country Pilot
#26
The irony is there's a HUGE runway right beside us, but we absolutely cannot use it! :( The little section that we have is, er, short. Adequate, but short. The circuit is also short - downside, there's not much time to get all the checks and radio calls in, upside, you can do a LOT of circuits in one lesson :ROFLMAO:
The short circuit and runway will stand you in good stead in the future tho. It's quite handy to be able to fly a tight circuit and then plonk it down with a bit of accuracy. The only things you miss out on when learning at EF compared to the likes of Perth is the experience of being in a circuit with various aircraft (6 isn't uncommon) of different speeds (and some with different definitions of how wide a circuit is!!) and that can then be quite intimidating for visitors especially when you add in the A/G radio pressures.
 

ginge

First Solo Pilot
#27
If you were to use the big runway you'd find yourself deciding a touchdown point not far from the runway exit. When based at North Weald with its mile of tarmac if you touched just over the threshold you were faced with an embarrassing long taxi while everybody else waited for you.
When training though I had the good fortune to do so at Chatteris in the fens with almost no restraints on circuits, that must be rare these days. I was taught some circuits where I had an aproach of about two miles " you will fly with only very small variations in power and atitude and keep the picture constant" all the way to "you will not go outside the airfield boundary" With the last one you get a heck of a lot of circuits in an hour, mind you it was exhausting.
 

Mike Calvert

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#28
Well, it's official, we're now locked down until the end of January at least :( Had 7 lessons booked - all now screwed by the lockdown. Oh well. That's just tough I guess.
 

Mike Calvert

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#36
Announced yesterday that full lockdown now extended to mid-Feb for all of mainland Scotland, next review on 2nd Feb. Hey ho. Until infection rates come down we're knackered, so I hope everyone's managing to stay safe in the meantime (y)
 

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